cellular phone

noun
variants: or less commonly cellular telephone

Definition of cellular phone

chiefly US
: cell phone
  • Have you ever tried typing a Web address on the keypad of a cellular phone?
  • —Mark AlpertScientific AmericanApril 2001
  • Techies love their gadgets, most especially their cellular telephones.
  • —Thomas E. WeberWall Street Journal20 Nov. 1997

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First Known Use of cellular phone

1981

in the meaning defined above

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